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CBRNE

Terrorism that makes use of CBRNE materials (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives) poses a clear threat to public health and safety, national security and economic and political stability on a global level. As such, the prevention of such incidents is of the highest priority.

The threat of CBRNE terrorism is evolving and, with it, the risk of incidents intended to maximize the number of victims on a global scale. We know that terrorist groups are working hard to acquire CBRNE materials and the expertise to use them in their operations.

Have a look at our questions and answers to find out more about the issues surrounding CBRNE.

INTERPOL’s response

At INTERPOL, specialized teams focus on the prevention of three types of terrorism:

The INTERPOL methodology for countering the threat of CBRNE consists of three main pillars:

  • Information sharing and intelligence analysis
  • Capacity building and training
  • Operational and investigate support

Our activities range from data analysis, training workshops and table-top exercises, to international conferences and on-the-ground operations.

Information sharing and intelligence analysis

As well as conducting threat assessments and analysis, we publish a regular analytical report: the INTERPOL CBRNE Monthly Digest. Shared with our member countries and other subscribers, it summarizes open source reporting on all aspects of CBRNE crime and terrorism and provides an analytical perspective on particular issues.

Capacity building and training

We assist our member countries in building their capacity, skills, and knowledge in order to counter the CBRNE threat. We work to:

  • Increase the level of CBRNE awareness in law enforcement agencies;
  • Deliver training sessions in order to increase law enforcement capabilities;
  • Provide prevention methodologies for use by member countries.

Operational and investigative support

On request, INTERPOL can provide operational support to its member countries in the form of an Incident Response Team. In the event of a terrorist attack, staff with expertise in CBRNE matters can be deployed in these teams.

In addition, we run a number of initiatives, projects and operations to support the international law enforcement community in tackling the trafficking of CBRNE materials.

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